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Replacing Portions of City Boardwalk

  By DON STINE The landmark Asbury Park boardwalk will soon be partially replaced but not with a new fill and concrete design that was presented at the last City Council meeting. City Engineer Joseph Cunha and two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives presented a new method to repair a large portion of the city’s iconic boardwalk damaged during Superstorm Sandy, which would probably be a first-of-its-kind project in the nation. The project, which would run the boardwalk from Convention Hall south to First Avenue, calls for an “earthen type” base that would be capped with concrete and then…

Dredging Begins in Sylvan Lake

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Working with a federal grant of more than $300,000, Avon and Bradley Beach officials have been dredging Sylvan Lake, along with removing debris from it. An estimated 10,000 cubic yards of spoils would be removed, opening water drainage to east end outflow gates that are clogged, along with adding lake depth to retain more water, said Steve Kegelman, Avon’s deputy emergency management coordinator. Workers also cleared stormwater drains entering the lake, which runs between Ocean Avenue and Main Street/Route 71, Kegleman said. The lake has needed to be dredged for years, said Kegelman, adding the lake’s…

Out & About

  All Coaster Photos were taken by Mike Kearns…click on any image to start the slideshow:

Time for Zombies

  Thousands of ghoulish zombies will be in Asbury Park Oct. 5 and even one of the city’s famous landmarks has been “zombified.” The Zombie Walk, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, began in 2008 and, in 2009, went into the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of zombies, with 4,093 zombies. However, the record went down last November when 8,027 zombies at the Twin Cities Zombie Pub Crawl in Minnesota. Organizers are hoping to beat that this year and welcomes everyone to participate. More than 15,000 are expected to lurch down the boardwalk and onto Cookman Avenue. Zombies will…

Ocean School Chief to Retire in June

  Retirement is in the near future for Ocean Township School Superintendent John Lysko, who will leave his post at the end of the school year. Lysko, 64, has been in the school district for 42 years and his retirement takes effect June 30, 2014. “Ocean Township is the only place I have ever worked and it has truly been a privilege to live and work here,” he said. Lysko started his educational career as a biology teacher at the High School, then became supervisor of science and was then promoted to high school principal for three years. He then…

Bradley Beach Thanks Residents for Being Good Neighbors All Year

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, many at the Shore can’t help but recall the devastation caused by this once-in-a-lifetime hurricane. And like all the communities along the Jersey Shore, Bradley Beach borough residents found it was often “good neighbors” helping each other that made those long, trying days easier to cope. Inspired by the upcoming Sandy anniversary, Bradley Beach Library Director Janet Torsney and Bradley Beach library member Anthony DiMaio decided they wanted to find a way to salute those who were “good neighbors” not only during the storm but during the…

Time Running Out for Shark River Dredging

  By DON STINE The last best alternative to getting the Shark River dredged and insuring its future for the area is now at stake, officials told a standing room-only crowd at a special hearing this week. Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, a former Neptune City mayor, urged the crowd to be patient but at the same time said a decision has to be made on a dewatering site. “This is it,” he said. “This is the last straw we are looking at.” Officials are looking at dredging navigation channels in the Shark River and depositing the spoils in Neptune to…

Ocean to Receive $1.3 Million Grant to Purchase Property

  Ocean Township will receive a $1.3 million state grant to help fund the acquisition of Whalepond Village- a 96-unit affordable-housing complex that was threatened with high rent increases. Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced the grant, awarded by the Department of Community Affairs, in a Sept. 27 press release. The grant will assist the township in passing the property to a new owner who will ensure the facility remains affordable housing available to senior citizens. The former owner had considered selling the property to a developer who would have allowed the affordable housing…

Out & About

  All Coaster Photos were taken by Mike Kearns over the weekend. Click to view full-size.

Investigation Sought on Alleged Forgeries in Neptune

  By DON STINE Allegations of fraud were raised this week over a petition seeking to overturn Neptune’s recent decision to establish rent control on buildings with more than four units. A 1,408-signature petition seeking to place a new rent control ordinance on a public ballot has been found to have many invalid and forged signatures, said residents who never signed the petition. The Neptune Committee to Repeal Rent Control recently submitted the petition requesting that the rent control issue be offered to voters in a referendum. However, after investigation, the petition was found to contain many forged signatures and…